Monday, February 11, 2008
Guest blogger Benjy on dog-walking etiquette
Dear Oracle, Oftentimes, as I am walking down the street, safely on a leash, I come across pets roaming about freely. My mistress is often scared as I was once brutally attacked by a black lab on the street. My question, dear Oracle, is, why are so many people irresponsible when walking their pets? Taocito
Dear Taocito, dear readers: Dog-walking etiquette is as complex as protocol in royal Versailles! Civilized pet-owners should have their dogs on a leash, and say 'Bonjour' to fellow dog walkers with a smile. That said, I'm a pragmatic beast: some dog-owners are hopeless louts (ah, Parisians and their "J'fais c'que j'veux"!), and rather than have her fear spread to you, I recommend your mistress scoop you up and change sidewalks.
(To illustrate to this post, in addition to a snapshot of moi, my amanuensis chose the picture of an impeccably educated, leashed dog she met Place des Vosges on Sunday. It's the kind of dog her favorite French writer, Colette, loved dearly!)
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(See more dogs: the Westminster show.)